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posted by sally .
umm suppose a parabola has a vertex at (0,2) and points (1,1)
how would I derive the equation and focus, i've been trying to understand this for so long, I can't get it. Does this parabola have the equation (y2)^2 = x and a focus of 1/4?? Is that correct??
I searched Google under the key words "parabola equation focus" to get these possible sources:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parabola
http://www.tpub.com/math2/13.htm
http://colalg.math.csusb.edu/~devel/precalcdemo/conics/src/parabola.html
http://www.algebralab.org/lessons/lesson.aspx?file=Algebra_conics_directrix.xml
http://mathworld.wolfram.com/Parabola.html
Use the <Find> command to locate keywords within these sites.
I hope this helps. Thanks for asking.
Formats to help you find the equation for a parabola:
(x  h)^2 = 4p(y  k)
Vertex = (h, k)
Focus = (h, k + p)
Directrix: y = k  p
You are given the vertex (0,2) and a point (1,1).
Let's try to find p using the vertex and the point you were given:
(x  h)^2 = 4p(y  k)
(1  0)^2 = 4p(1  2)
1 = 4p(1)
1 = 4p
1/4 = p
Let's try to find the equation now that we know p:
(x  0)^2 = 4(1/4)(y  2)
x^2 = 1(y  2)
x^2 = y + 2
Set the equation equal to 0:
x^2 + y  2 = 0 >this is the equation for the parabola.
(You can check the point you were given by substituting the values into the equation.)
Focus = (h, k + p)
Therefore: (0, 7/4) is the focus.
Directrix: y = k  p
Therefore: y = 9/4
In this case, the focus is below the directrix; therefore, the parabola opens downward and p is negative.
I hope this helps.
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